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December 07 2011


September 14 2011

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News and Entertainment in the Digital Age: A Vast Wasteland Revisited


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In 1961, Newt Minow — then Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission — delivered a landmark speech to the National Association of Broadcasters on "Television and the Public Interest," in which he described television programming as a "vast wasteland" and advocated for public interest programming. Fifty years later Newt Minow — and a slate of distinguished guests — reflect upon the changed landscape of television and dramatic shifts in the broader media ecosystem, and identify lessons learned that may help to offer insight into the next 50 years of media and public discourse.

Guests include Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow, Ann Marie Lipinski of the Nieman Foundation, Jonathan Alter of Bloomberg View, Yochai Benkler of Harvard Law School, as well as Terry Fisher, Yochai Benkler, John Palfrey, and Jonathan Zittrain of Harvard Law School. Other respondents include acclaimed historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, Susan Crawford of Cardozo School of Law, Perry Hewitt of Harvard University, Ellen Goodman of Rutgers University School of Law - Camden, Virginia Heffernan of the New York Times, Former Chairman of the FCC Reed Hundt, Former Chairman of the FCC Kevin Martin, Nicholas Negroponte of One Laptop per Child, Ethan Zuckerman of C4/Berkman Center.

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May 05 2011


May 03 2011

Wired for Change: Hacking Our Way Back to Democracy on Vimeo |

// 2011-03-03 Ford Foundation- panel discussion moderated by Ethan Zimmermann, Harvard University and one of the leading figures of Global Voices - oAnth

March 31 2011

« Là-bas si j'y suis » : avril 2011

Mercredi 30 mars, dans « Là-bas si j'y suis », à 15 heures, sur France Inter, Daniel Mermet s'entretenait avec l'équipe du Monde diplomatique autour du numéro d'avril. A propos de l'intervention en Libye, Serge Halimi rappelle que la décision d'entrée en guerre, suite à la prise de la résolution 1973 (...) / Amérique latine, Libye, Syrie, Agro-alimentaire, Monde arabe, Mouvement de contestation, Relations Nord-Sud, Relations internationales - La valise diplomatique


jeudi 31 mars 2011

« Là-bas si j’y suis » : avril 2011  - Le monde diplomatique

Mercredi 30 mars, dans « Là-bas si j’y suis », à 15 heures, sur France Inter, Daniel Mermet s’entretenait avec l’équipe du Monde diplomatique autour du numéro d’avril.

A propos de l’intervention en Libye, Serge Halimi rappelle que la décision d’entrée en guerre, suite à la prise de la résolution 1973 du conseil de sécurité des Nations unies, s’est effectuée « sans consultation des partis, des opinions, des parlements ». Alain Gresh ajoutera qu’il aurait fallu ne pas attendre l’impasse [de Benghazi] pour intervenir sous d’autres formes et trouver des solutions.

Daniel Mermet mentionne alors l’article de George Corm, dans lequel l’auteur signale le risque de « l’accompagnement occidental », et s’interroge sur la sincérité de ce soutien. A ce propos, Alain Gresh évoque l’évidente situation problématique de pays occidentaux ayant soutenu pendant trente ans des dictatures aujourd’hui renversées, et qui tentent aujourd’hui d’orienter le mouvement dans un sens qui leur est favorable. « Nous sommes au tout début d’un processus qui va durer des années », souligne-t-il.

Renaud Lambert apporte des précisions sur la grille de lecture des événements en Libye utilisée par les pays d’Amérique Latine et notamment au Venezuela : selon lui, Hugo Chávez transpose – de manière erronée – son analyse géopolitique et historique de la situation latino-américaine au nord de l’Afrique.

La question du pétrole est abordée ensuite. Alain Gresh rappelle que le pétrole libyen, « à la veille de l’insurrection, est aux mains des Occidentaux », et que des accords historiques ont donné priorité aux compagnies américaines (voir l’article de Jean-Pierre Séréni).

Guillaume Pitron termine l’émission en présentant les usages et enjeux de la production de gomme arabique, sève très utilisée par l’industrie agro-alimentaire dont il a d’ailleurs apporté sur le plateau un échantillon.

March 04 2011

March 03 2011

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The Doha Debates: This House believes the world is better off with Wikileaks
Panelists clash frequently over the rights and wrongs of leaking secret State Department cables.
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January 21 2011

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WikiLeaks, the Internet and Democracy
Panel moderated by Paul Jay including Daniel Ellsberg, Clay Shirky, Neville Roy Singham, Peter Thiel and Jonathan Zittrain
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July 26 2010 blog - PressThink: Jay Rosen’s remarks on Wikileaks’ releases - History and Overflow blog -PressThink - Permalink: Jay Rosen’s remarks on Wikileaks’ releases - The last two Paragraphs 8 & 9


8. I’ve been trying to write about this observation for a while, but haven’t found the means to express it. So I am just going to state it, in what I admit is speculative form. Here’s what I said on Twitter Sunday: “We tend to think: big revelations mean big reactions. But if the story is too big and crashes too many illusions, the exact opposite occurs.” My fear is that this will happen with the Afghanistan logs. Reaction will be unbearably lighter than we have a right to expect— not because the story isn’t sensational or troubling enough, but because it’s too troubling, a mess we cannot fix and therefore prefer to forget. Last week, it was the Washington Post’s big series, Top Secret America, two years in the making. It reported on the massive security shadowland that has arisen since 09/11. The Post basically showed that there is no accountability, no knowledge at the center of what the system as a whole is doing, and too much “product” to make intelligent use of. We’re wasting billions upon billions of dollars on an intelligence system that does not work. It’s an explosive finding but the explosive reactions haven’t followed, not because the series didn’t do its job, but rather: the job of fixing what is broken would break the system responsible for such fixes. The mental model on which most investigative journalism is based states that explosive revelations lead to public outcry; elites get the message and reform the system. But what if elites believe that reform is impossible because the problems are too big, the sacrifices too great, the public too distractible? What if cognitive dissonance has been insufficiently accounted for in our theories of how great journalism works… and often fails to work? I don’t have the answer; I don’t even know if I have framed the right problem. But the comment bar is open, so help me out.

9. Few people realize how important leaking has been to the rise of the political press since the mid-18th century. Leaks were actually “present at the creation” of political reporting. I’m moving quickly this morning, so I only have time for a capsule version. Those with a richer knowledge of the British Parliament’s history can confirm or correct this outline. Once upon a time, Parliament’s debates were off limits to newspapers. But eventually, through a long period of contestation, the right to report on what was said in Parliament was securely won (though not constitutionally guaranteed.) John Wilkes is the pivotal figure and 1770 the date when the practice became institutionalized. A factor in that struggle was the practice of leaking. The way it worked then is essentially the same as it works today. There’s a bitter dispute in Parliament and people line up on one side or the other. Unable or unwilling to accept defeat, the losing faction decides to widen the battlefield by leaking confidential information, thus bringing the force of public opinion into play. It’s a risky maneuver, of course, but the calculation is that fighting it out in public may alter the balance of forces and lead to a re-decision. Each time the cycle is repeated, the press becomes a bigger factor in politics. And internal struggles for power remain to this day a major trigger for leaks. Conscience, of course, is a different trigger. Whistleblowers can be of either type: calculating advantage-seekers, or men and women with a troubled conscience. We don’t know which type provided the logs to Wikileaks. What we do know is that a centuries-old dynamic is now empowering new media, just as it once empowered the ink-on-paper press.

May 28 2010

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The Geopolitical Implications of the Financial Crisis with keynote address by Paul Krugman

April 10 2010

GRITtv 20100402 » Blog Archive » Creative Movements for Change in Palestine (~13 min)

by admin - This week was the 34th anniversary of Palestinian Land Day, and also a day for awareness of the growing boycott, divestment, sanctions movement. Land Day commemorates the deaths of six peaceful activists in a demonstration, and today we talk about activism and its ability to make change. - Remi Kanazi, a poet and activist, and Phyllis Bennis of the Insitute for Policy Studies join us in studio to discuss the ways that art, nonviolent protest, and pushes for creative boycotts are changing the way Americans look at Israel and Palestine.

April 09 2010

WikiLeaks Video: Exception or Example? (~13 min) 20100408

Monday's revelation of a videotape of U.S. soldiers shooting unarmed Iraqi civilians is still reverberating around the country. The Wikileaks video is raising questions about procedure, the rules of engagement, and even freedom of speech and of the press. Most importantly, though, people seem to be asking whether this is an aberration in behavior, a few soldiers overreacting or misbehaving, or the normal procedure for action in Iraq. Joining us to discuss are Rick Rowley of Big Noise Films, who was in Iraq and visited the scene of the shootings just the day after they happened, and senior fellow at Peace Action, Raed Jarrar.

January 22 2009

Hillary Rodham Clinton, now Secretary of State, two years ago -

Council on Foreign Relations New York, NY Oct 31st, 2006 Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York (D) discusses the foreign policy challenges facing the United States, including the war in Iraq, the situation in Afghanistan, Iran's nuclear ambitions, and how to deal with North Korea. Peter G. Peterson, chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations, presides.

October 13 2008

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The Financial Crisis: Where Do We Go From Here?
Von: uchannel Hinzugefügt: 13. Oktober 2008 Nouriel Roubini, Associate Professor of Economics and International Business, New York University; Brad W. Setser, Fellow for Geoeconomics, Council on Foreign Relations; Benn Steil, Director of International Economics, Council on Foreign Relations Presider: Mort Zuckerman, Editor in Chief, U.S. News & World Report (Sep 25, 2008 at the Council on Foreign Relations)
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